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Rebecca Mascarenhas takes over former Gregg Wallace restaurant

06 February 2014 by
Rebecca Mascarenhas takes over former Gregg Wallace restaurant

The site of what used to be Gregg Wallace's Wallace & Co in London's Putney is set to become a new restaurant called Bibo, run by chef Chris Beverley and backed by restaurateur Rebecca Mascarenhas.

The new 70-seat venture, on Upper Richmond Street, will open on 6 March.

Beverley, who has previously worked for Theo Randall at London's InterContinental for three years, as well as at Chez Bruce, has adopted Italian food as his favoured cuisine. His menus will feature modern Italian cooking, including typical dishes such as: farro arancini; fritto misto of squid, prawns and zucchini; pasta e ceci; pappardelle with rabbit and Prosecco ragù; and poussin, braised greens and lemon;

Meanwhile, wine specialist Zeren Wilson will be responsible for the wines and has assembled a 60-bin all-Italian list, as well as being on hand to assist customers with wine selections.

Wine prices will range from £17.50 (bottle), with 15 by the glass (from £4.50). There will also be a wide range of Italian aperitivi, cocktails and grappas.

Prices for antipasti will range from £4-£7.50, primi from £7.50-£9 (and all pasta dishes will be available as main courses at £14), secondi from £15-£19, and dolci from £6-£6.50.

Mascarenhas said: "I have lived in the Barnes/Putney area for nearly 30 years, and have marveled how the neighbourhood has flourished with great bars, shops and residents. This part of Putney is especially buzzy, and we expect that Chris Beverley's modern Italian food will hit just the right note."

Bibo, which is currently being refurbished and will feature a simple, understated design, will be open daily for lunch from noon-2.30pm (until 3pm on weekends), and dinner from 6pm-10pm (until 11pm on Friday and Saturday, and until 9.30pm on Sunday). The 40-seat bar will be open throughout
the day.

The general manager of Bibo will be Amy Boden, previously at Pollen Street Social and The Square.


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